2011 Docent Orientation
Seven Evening Sessions
- Thursday, Febrary 3
- Thursday, Febrary 17
- Thursday, March 3
- Thursday, March 17
- Thursday, March 31
- Thursday, April 14
- Wednesday, April 27
Morning Tour of the Park
Saturday, May 7
Contact park staff at 708.534.4486 for more information.
Looking for a good way to expand your horizons, meet people, and serve as an ambassador at one of the Chicago Southland’s premier cultural institutions? Join the Docent Corps of the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park!
Park Director Geoffrey Bates leads the Saturday morning tour of the park which is the culmination of the Docent Orientation Program.
Orientation sessions begin February 3 for the 2011 Docent Class at the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, located at Governors State University.
As a docent, you will guide visitors through the nationally acclaimed sculpture park, home to 27 masterworks by some of the world’s great contemporary artists.
Docents lead weekend tours of the park, host programs and receptions, and act as park ambassadors, said Geoffrey Bates, NMSP curator and director.
"We’re looking for people who are interested in art. But they don’t have to experts in contemporary art – they will learn about sculpture and our collection during the orientation sessions."
Bates said people of all ages are eligible for the docent program.
Docents are the first to hear park news of exhibitions and acquisitions and often have the opportunity to meet the artists who have created the work in the park.
2010 Graduating Class of Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park docents (l-r) Roger Paris, Gloria Lee Lippert, Maureen Cribbs, Luis Sahagun, and Janel Griffin (not pictured – Jaclyn Reidy and Diane McGarel)
Seven docent orientation sessions will take place over a 12-week period. Sessions will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on February 3 and 17; March 3, 17, and 31; and April 14 and 27.
All sessions are on Thursdays except for the final meeting, which will take place on Wednesday.
On May 7, the docent class will be treated to a continental breakfast before taking a May 7 tour of the sculpture park.
Orientation session topics include:
- Park history
- Introduction to the history of sculpture
- Presentations on each piece in the collection
- Pointers on how to conduct tours of the sculpture park.
Light refreshments will be provided at orientation sessions. Advance registration and a $35 fee are required.
For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Programs and events presented by the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park are sponsored, in part, by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and The Pathfinders, an organization of supporters for the park.